Miller Wedding by Kendall Whiteley

Choose to be happy. That is the only way to find happiness.”

We met Natalie & Justin last fall when they did a photo-session with their puppies. It was so fun! We fell in love with their love & their story. A few weeks later, Justin proposed! We were over the moon when Natalie messaged us to document their wedding day! They chose a date in April, that was only a few months away, and started planning the best day ever!

On a cloudy day in April, the day these two had been waiting for finally happened. Friends & family from all over gathered to witness their union. Natalie looked stunning in her fit & flare beaded gown + her perfectly earthy bouquet. The simplicity of the decorations paired with the industrial venue set the most romantic mood for the entire day. The day was full of happy tears, lots of laughter, dancing, and sheer happiness.

You will notice that Natalie has a tattoo on her forearm which reads “choose happy.” She truly found her happiness in Justin and in Natalie he found his forever. We know this couple has many, many, many years of happiness together.

Vendors- Venue // The Standard | Hair // Hair by Christi Piontkowski Makeup // Makeup by Katie Hill // Shoes // Converse // Rentals // All Occasions Party Rentals

C&C by Kendall Whiteley

“Life is the flower for which love is the honey.”

Cheyenne & her older sister, Danielle, BOTH became engaged last year around the same time. Cheyenne immediately became a soon-to-be bride AND a maid of honor! A few weeks ago, her sister had her special day + we got to photograph it! It was amazing (and Cheyenne gave the best speech ever!) but now its Cheyenne’s turn! YASS!!! In October, these two love birds will be tying the knot at WaterStone Venue in Johnson City, TN.

Cheyenne & Cole have been together over 6 years and have had SO many memories together, including long distances, new doggies, college graduations, a new home and even a fixer-upper adventure! One of the best adventures had to be the their trip to London, United Kingdom. Why? Because that is where Cole proposed! He popped the question during a photoshoot + surprised Cheyenne with a pose of him getting down on on knee! The next morning, they hiked the White Cliffs of Dover and started a new adventure as fiance’s. We can not wait until the next step of their relationship as Mr & Mrs!

We are seriously obsessed with the Bitlmore Conservatory. We are so happy this adorable couple chose to host their engagement session here. We loved seeing all of these incredible exotic plants! I mean, CAN I HAVE ALL THESE PLANTS IN MY OWN HOME??! I am sure you will agree! :P

A&G by Kendall Whiteley

“Open your hearts & find your wild.” -Atticus

Four years ago Anna got a call from her sister, who was working in New York, telling her she had a coworker named Gavin that she thought Anna should meet. Her sister even said she had a feeling that this man could be her future brother-in-law. Sisters are always right, right?!?! Well in this case, Anna’s sister hit the nail on the head! Anna agreed to meet this mystery man and the rest is history. Gavin & Anna are engaged! YAY!

We met Anna when she was a bridesmaids in another wedding we shot last year. We loved her spirit and we did a happy dance when she messaged us for her own wedding! Gavin & Anna are the epitome of an adventurous couple. They have explored so many places together including Rio, Rome, Japan, Thailand, Kauai and so many more. Gavin, of course, proposed during one of those magical vacations to make the trip even more memorable. Isn’t her ring stunning?! For their engagement session, we HAD to explore somewhere new with them. Anna researched and found a waterfall in rural part of TN + it ended up being the most amazing waterfall ever. Seriously, a hidden gem. They flew from New York the day before + we explored the following day + sent them back home just the next day! I told you they were adventurous! :P We hope this adventure is one they will add to their list to remember forever. Now the countdown for the wedding begins!

Miller Wedding by Kendall Whiteley

One day Trissa walked into Stanton Optical for a new pair of glasses. Austin, the associate stranger, told her the pair she had on didn’t look good. This blog is dedicated to Trissa & Austin on their wedding day, years later. Their first encounter may have been blurry but we have to say their future is obviously crystal clear (hehe!) 

When we first met Trissa & Austin, we knew we would love them. After their amazing engagement session last year, that love was confirmed. Trissa & Austin truly felt like old friends. They are a match made in heaven YALL! They love Disney, tattoos, dogs, motor-cycles, being silly, and most importantly each other. Austin looks at Trissa the way every girl dreams of-with love and passion (I mean shes flippin gorgeous, so we do not blame him). The countdown began for their wedding day, we could NOT wait. At the end of April, at The Barn at Faith Farms, that day finally happened! This gorgeous venue in Athens TN was the most magical location for this special day. The Barn at Faith Farms has a huge reception barn, a pavilion for the ceremony, a stunning view of the rolling hills of East TN, and (most importantly) a place for ALL of the motorcycles in Austin’s motorcycle group!

The day began with hair & makeup, letters & gifts exchanged, and several important first looks which made all of us cry (naturally). Trissa looked absolutely stunning in her Loveliest gown, the fit & flare + the layered skirt was SO her! There is NO wonder Austin had such a heart-felt reaction when he saw Trissa walking down the aisle towards him. After the ceremony, we had a beautiful golden sunset that was the most perfect setting for these two to snuggle, be silly, and celebrate being married! WE loved capturing all of those moments. And, of course, we can not forget that after all of that celebrating these two drove off on Austin’s motorcycle. I mean, how cute are these two?!?!

Vendors- Venue // The Barn at Faith Farms | Coordinator // Jackie Carter with Elease Productions | Florist // Swank Floral | Catering // Kosta Angelos | Cake // Ramble Creek Cakes | Cake Topper // Clayphory | Dress & Veil // The Loveliest Boutique | Shoes // Toms | Tuxedos // Jos. A Banks | Entertainment // Kevin Downs | Rentals // Swank Floral + The Barn at Faith Farms | Video // Lions Creative | Paper Goods // Vista Print

A&A by Kendall Whiteley

“Open your hearts & find your wild.” -Atticus .

Ashlee & Alex chose to start their engagement session by exchanging letters and we are absolutely for this! It was a perfect way to set the mood for the session. It’s easy to get caught up in planning but don’t forget WHY the session is happening-because of the LOVE you and your significant other share!

Ashlee & Alex live in Georgia but wanted to see some TN mountains for their engagement session since they got engaged in the mountains. Alex proposed on a trip to Gatlinburg TN in December and Ashlee, of course, screamed YES. They loved traveling together, so why not add a new location to their list!? We decided on Sunset Rock in Chattanooga and it was absolutely perfect! These two could not stop smiling throughout their session, you can just tell how much they care for each other. After knowing each other for years (they even sat next to each other in almost every class their senior year!), they will finally become Mr & Mrs! On November 8, at High Tower Falls in Chickamauga GA, they will celebrate their union with friends & family! We can NOT wait to document it!

Priestly by Kendall Whiteley

“I wish I could tell you I married my best friend but I married so much more than that. I married the man who is worth every waiting season I’ve ever endured, my immeasurably more. “

Jordin & Nick have to be one of the cutest couples we have ever met! Their passion for sharing their love for Jesus Christ brought them together + keeps them strong now & forever. Their relationships has endured so much in such a short time including months of long distance. Last August, Nick got down on one knee and asked Jordin to be his forever. In March, the long distance finally ended + they became Mr & Mrs and started their joined loves together!

Held at Relix Variety Theatre, the best day ever was brought to life! The simple greenery & romantic up-lighting mixed with the urban vibe of Relix was truly perfect! Jordin + her girls started the day with music, good vibes, and lots of happy tears. When she put her dress on, they could not contain their excitement nor could her father! Jordin was so nervous to show Nick her gorgeous dress (ALL brides know that!) and he was THE sweetest. We wish you could see how his lip quivered when he turned around! They exchanged letters privately, that made us CRY, and then prior to their ceremony they preformed a foot washing ceremony. Jesus did this with his disciples as a symbol of his devotion to humble himself as a leader and serve his followers. It was a perfect way to incorporate their devotion to the lord.

VENDORS: Venue | Relix Variety Theatre // Hair | Brooke Crawford // Makeup | Imani Wright // Dress | David’s Bridal // Dresses | Birdy Grey // Tuxs | Men’s Warehouse // Entertainment | DJ KNKT // Paper Goods | Avie Papery // Video | Tim Morris

Amburn by Kendall Whiteley

“The sky is finally open, the rain and wind stopped blowin’. There's always been a rainbow hangin' over your head.”

The Amburn’s have been in our lives for a couple years now. We have SO much love for them and love documenting all of their special moments. Our first shoot with this gorgeous mother, Ashley, was actually her boudoir session in our own apartment! We fell in love with her and her genuine soul from that shoot + soon after met her even more amazing family. We could NOT believe how precious Ashley & Connor’s first born, Holston, is! I mean, seriously, look at that face! He is so dang handsome and full of personalty. We want to take him home after every shoot! When we found out that Holston would be a big brother, we were so happy for their family! WHAT AN EXCITING TIME?!?!

After troubles, losses, and disappointments, FINALLY mom & dad announced they would be bringing a baby GIRL into the world. This baby girl will truly be the Amburn’s rainbow baby. We loved being able to celebrate this baby girl during this session. Ashley, of course, is glowing with joy, love and happiness. Holston is SO excited to be a big brother and we know he will love his sister SO much! We can not wait to meet her, snuggle her, and continue to document this family as they grow! Yall better stay tuned for more family photos of this soon to be family of FOUR!

K&P by Kendall Whiteley

Being in that dress again is like reliving the best day ever.

Whats better than a wedding? An anniversary! We celebrated Katrina & Preston's 1 year anniversary + it was the best thing ever! We were invited to shoot at a new venue in Athens TN called Ramble Creek Vineyards to host these two for their anniversary session. After being together for over 8 years, married for 1 (woot woot!) you could feel the love & passion shared by these two. Just because the wedding day is over, doesnt mean the celebration is. 

Once we heard that Katrina wanted to get back into her dress (because who doesnt?!?), we started brainstorming. Once we saw THE DRESS, we were truly inspired. Seriously, Hayley Paige out did herself with this design.Also, when your client is a professional dancer, you make her twirl in THAT DRESS!  We knew we wanted to create something different than Katrina & Preston's wedding day. Their wedding was held on a sunny day, in the middle of summer, at a beautiful church in Knoxville. Their anniversary session ended up being on a cloudy, rainy day, in the middle of fall at a quaint & quiet venue hidden in the TN mountains. I guess these two can pull off any looks! 

Hodge Wedding by Kendall Whiteley

We have been SO far behind on blogging and we feel horrible! We can not go another day without sharing this amazing wedding with you! You do not want to miss this one!

How do you pull off such a cool, bohemian inspired yet eclectic wedding in the backwoods of good old Tennessee? Ask rad, barefoot bride Kara because she sure as hell pulled that off. On their wedding day, Kara & Nick were blessed with perfect weather (which is hard to come by lately!). Kara is not your average bride and that is what we loved about her the most. She chose to incorporate unique flowers & succulents, non-traditional aspects, funky colors, and even feathers! We really loved seeing it all come together + we are ALWAYS glad to see a bride staying true to their own personal style!

Kara included a few emotional yet heart-warming touches to her wedding day. One special touch is her wedding band, which is her late mothers stunning sapphire. Another was doing a first look with her brother instead of anyone else. It was definitely a sweet moment. Kara lost her best friend, Channon, tragically in 2007 so Kara chose to honor her during the ceremony by each bridesmaid putting a rose in Channon’s spot. The bouquet that was gathered by those roses was then gifted to Channon’s father. These are the moments that a couple will never forget.

VENDORS- VENUE | Heartland Meadows // FLORIST | Swank Floral // HAIR | Alex York with Josie’s Salon // MAKEUP | Makeup by Katie Hill // WEDDING GOWN | Loveliest Bridal

Matoy wedding by Kendall Whiteley

NEW YEAR. NEW FEELS. SAME DREAMS.

When we met with Cassidy & Mathew, they were contemplating a NYE wedding and we were ALL FOR IT. When the planning began, we started counting down the days. Not only are Cassidy & Matthew the cutest, kindest, and most loving couple ever-they have S T Y L E! Cassidy’s NYE wedding vision came to life perfectly! We loved the stunning color palette full of gold & pops of blue, the fun decor spread all over the tables, and the 500 party balloons! Cassidy even put a little fun into her look-that updo is what dreams are made of! No wonder Matthew could not stop grinning all day!

We rang in the New Year photographing Cassidy & Matthews best day ever. We had shot an amazing wedding the day before + another amazing wedding the day after. We were EXHAUSTED, running on red-bull, needed a shower (LOL), SO behind on emails, haven’t talked to friends/family in 2 days, and we’re getting kindaaaa annoyed with each other. At midnight, we saw how happy Cassidy & Matthew were to have us documenting their most special moments. We jumped up and down with them when 500 balloons dropped at midnight and knew THATS where we were supposed to be. We are meant to be wedding photographers-we just are! We are so happy that we got to be Cassidy & Matthews!

VENDORS- VENUE | The Standard // COORDINATION | Peggy with Heels & Veils // FLORIST | Melissa Timm Designs // HAIR | Wendy Perry with Bangs & Blush // MAKEUP | Bangs & Blush // WEDDING GOWN | Martina Liana from White Lace & Promises // TUXEDOS | Regal Tuxedo Knoxville // ENTERTAINMENT | Special Notes Entertainment // DRINKS | Red Man Group // CAKE | Bradford Catering // CATERING | Bradford Catering // PAPER GOODS | Dandy Lions // VIDEO | Bella Vision Video